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411  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: sewing machine question.. :( HELPPPPP on: March 30, 2006 06:14:35 PM
Do you know the make and model number of the sewing machine?  With that, you might be able to find the specs of those particular screws on the manufacturers website or by contacting them and getting the information directly from them.  That, at least, would save you from having to lug the sewing machine around.  And it's what another friend of mine did when she was missing some screws.

If you need help figuring that out, then please post the make and model number here and we'll give you a hand.  Smiley
412  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Idea on how to make jewelry bag/roll/organizer? on: March 29, 2006 07:43:56 PM
I'm looking for a jewellery roll as well.  A pouch design won't work - I don't want my chains to get tangled!

Does anyone have a pattern?

If not, I'll probably end up designing something in the next few weeks and making it.  If I do, I'll post it here.
413  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: rice flour flat bread recipe needed on: March 20, 2006 09:44:40 PM
Oh - forgot to add - potato flours also do not exist here.

I can get wheat flour, rice flour (both white and red, which is the local version of brown), gram flour (which is chickpea flour), kurrikan flour (which is a local grain that has a bitter taste), and green gram flour (which is, um, let me think...  mung bean flour).  That's about it in terms of flours.
414  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: rice flour flat bread recipe needed on: March 20, 2006 09:40:59 PM
The second linked recipe that called for tartaric acid also called for cream of tarter.  If the two are the same, then that recipe is wacked.

I have cream of tartar (although locally it's called Cream of Tata - go figure).

Okay, did some research, and apparently, cream of tartar (potassium tartrate)  is a derivative of tartaric acid (potassium bitartrate).  So not the same thing.

But can the one be substituted for in cooking?  No idea.  I read that fumaric acid can be a substitute for tartaric acid, but I'm as unlikely to be able to get that here.
415  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus sized bras on: March 20, 2006 04:20:35 AM
Hey, I'm checking these links out.  Thanks!  Cheesy

Er, it only does a corset, though, not bras.  Sad

Where I am, bras with underwire are not available for anything over a 36C because, and yes, this is an actual quote, "big breasts don't need underwire."  *rolls eyes*  People who are not educated about bras that fit properly can be...  exceedingly frustrating.

And the bras that do exist here exist for an entirely different body type...  One that has breast placement a lot closer together and higher up.  Which is appropriate for the very slim, very petite Asian body, but not at all appropriate for the body of one who is of European descent.

Anyway, if anyone has a source for bra patterns that can be downloaded, please let me know!  Patterns, as in commercial patterns, also do not exist here.
416  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: rice flour flat bread recipe needed on: March 19, 2006 06:55:55 AM
Thanks for the links.  Smiley

The first one was to a recipe that called for ground yam flour - that isn't available here.  Are there any substitutes?

The second one called for tartaric acid, also not available here.  Any substitutions for that?
417  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / questions about crinkly fabric on: March 19, 2006 05:13:19 AM
I bought some fabric - cotton weave, 45" wide when left to crinkle, 60" wide when pulled taut.  The crinkles are built into the fabric.  This isn't the same fabric that's used in broomstick skirts - it's a bit different.

I'm planning on sewing a kameez - a tunic down past my knees with side slits at the hips.

Areas of concern: 

The neckhole. I can either do facing with interfacing or I can make self-bias tape, and have pretty much decided on self-bias due to the less-hassle factor.  I'm planning to not stretch the fabric, ie leave it as crinkled as it is without interference from me, and paying particular attention to making sure the shape of the neckhole stays as it should.

I'm planning to make it a one-piece dress with magyar sleeves - the design of the fabric allows for this. Just stitch up the sides, hem it, and do the neck and be done.

I can't think of a better way to deal with the fabric when I haven't sewn with this type of fabric before, and that way, I don't have to deal with as many sewing issues where the crinkles will out-crinkle.  Also, I've debated the straight stitch/zig zag stitch bit, and figured that, since it's not a knit, but a weave, it makes more sense to do a straight stitch to give the material the stability I think it needs.

If anyone has any better, suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
418  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 3/14/06 - Smited Again! on: March 19, 2006 04:47:18 AM
Quote from: the craftster admin (leah)
P.S. My plan in the not-too-distant future is to start investigating how much it will cost to hire someone to handle many of the technical aspects of Craftster like configuring the server and database to handle such a large forum. Craftster is so large -- and growing all the time -- that it's time to bring in the big guns!
Um, yeah, 56k members is more than just a little bitty membership.

When you get to that point, you could check out my geek husband who does this sort of thing for a living.  You can find his resume at http://geek.farook.org/resume.htm if you like.

I hope you feel better soon if you aren't already.
419  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / rice flour flat bread recipe needed on: March 19, 2006 04:34:02 AM
Wheat flour isn't good for me, but rice flour is fine and readily available here (Sri Lanka).  We like flat breads like naan, but the wheat flour...

Does anyone have any flat bread recipes that call for rice flour, not wheat? 
420  COOKING / Dessert / Re: indian doughnut help! on: March 19, 2006 04:23:58 AM
I haven't had gulab jamun yet, so I don't know, but jellabies are really really really good and completely addictive.   Grin
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